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Pikeland Pils - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 459
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 42
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-12-2002

OG 11 ºP / 44 IBUs
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Reviews: 203 | Hads: 459
Photo of mattbk
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Just a bit hazy, yellow/orange color, medium amount of carbonation, light creamy head.
S - Very faint grassy aroma. Light bready malt is in there too. Not much else though, the aroma is fairly weak. Nothing off about it though.

T - Very nice. Flowery, a bit spicy and grassy. Not at all overwhelming, just good. The malt is very bready, not at all sweet. Just the slightest bit bitter. A good example of the style.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not very crisp, should be a bit lighter. The carbonation is medium. A higher carbonation would give this beer some more aroma. Could this be related to canning at all?

O - Very good taste, with some more carbonation the mouthfeel and aroma would be a bit better. A pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying at Rattle n Hum in NYC. Pours light gold with one finger almost white head.

Clean, fruity, nose with hints of wine grape and Belgian yeast.

Light, sweet taste with notes of bread, honey, light berry frutiness and subtle but present hop bitterness.

Clean but slightly cloying finish with bitter aftertaste. Overall enjoyable but nothing too special and some oddly placed flavors. Would drink again but won't pursue.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear. Slightly more orange than yellow. Considering the lighting, I can't perfectly evaluate this one. However, the clarity was great and better head retention would've bumped the rating

A - More malty than hoppy. Actually, I'm tired of getting more lemon than traditional noble hops in the nose of my Lagers. I dunno if the brewers have been using domestic or imported hops, but I know that it's nice to get a break from them.

T - Even more than the nose, this beer is more about malts than hops. It's breadier and rounder than a true Pils. I prefer it to Prima Pils, and probably would prefer it to fresh Pilsner Urquell more often than not. It's sweet and chewy without becoming cloying. I like how restrained this is.

M - For a beer this "weak" it holds up well. It's probably even better with food. The mouthfeel really suggests something bigger than 5%.

O - Not a mind-blowing experience, but a very good beer. It's nice to have something predictable and satisfying. It should be a staple in every refrigerator in the Delaware Valley.

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Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straw colored in appearance with little head and no retention or lacing. The taste is mildly hoppy with a clean finish. This offering was overall clean and crisp, but a little thin. I'd give it a thumbs up nonetheless, but certainly nothing to write home about.

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Photo of carlos
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yeah, ..been on a fairly recent pilsner kick after 3 or 4 years of ale

A: deep, shall I say, golden. medium carbonation with tracer-lace head
S: really exciting melding of malt and hop aroma. oscillating nose. keeps me going back and forth between sweet bready and something like the hop version of breaking and smelling a 1/2 green stick on one of the first warm days of spring. (this review completely affected by the fact that it's Feb 1st, 2012, and something like 60+ deg. F outside - yikes!)
T: a barley grain goodness and noble hop renaissance. full. lasting.
M: domestic light pilsner cubed
O: crowd pleaser. looking forward to superbowl XLVI and pikeland pils

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Photo of keanex
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass from a can with what appears to be dated 9/17/2011.

A: Clear straw colored body with a 1.5 finger white head that quickly dissipates to a light coating.

S: Light sweetness with citrus notes coming though, mostly lemon.

T: Light bitterness from start to finish reminding me of lemons throughout with light floral notes. There's a good balance here with a slight sweetness throughout. Very easy to drink, crisp.

M: Light body with light carbonation.

O: This is a good beer for those Spring and Summer days when mowing the lawn and such. Really well priced at $7.99 for a 6 pack.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden sunshine. A tall white fluffy head sits atop the beer fading with lacing in it's wake. Lightly carb'd in the hazy fluid. Aroma of refreshing noble hops with floral and herbal notes balance out the pilsner malts. Taste is parallels the nose with soft floral and herbal hops but bitter enough to spice things up too. malts are pale pilsner malts with a bit of toast.
The beer is smooth with a semi-dry finish.
A well made beer and quite enjoyable at that.

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Photo of isualum12
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer.
Look- hazy yellow gold with spider legs on the side.
Smell. Hop hop
Taste classic pil with a refreshing hop finish. It is dry.

Feel- balanced perfect and end with a great smoothness.
Overall this was a good beer. I wish ergot this here in Idaho

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a thin bubbly head. The nose is great, light vienna malts, hints of bread and dough with a floral perfumy hop and light note of grass. The taste has vienna and pale malts, lightly toasted bread with hints of dough. The hop balance adds perfumy hops and some light grassy notes with a touch of resigny hop in the back. The body is thicker and a touch viscous with a nice carbonation. Very tasty but a little on the heavy side for a pilsner.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it comes across as very crisp and refreshing. I can taste grains, lemons, and a nice amount of noble hops. There is also a touch of corn and a light breadiness. it ends with a nice dry and crisp hoppy finish.

Overall – It's not quite but Prima Pils, but it's up there. It's well balanced and has a great easy drinking taste. I'll be sure to look for this one during the warmer weather especially.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. date is there, but it's illegible.

in the glass it's a pale yellow color, slightly hazy. thin bright white head. grassy earthy aroma. mild flavor, slight corn and grain taste, and mild earthy hops. thin body, medium carbonation. easy drinking.

overall - not my favorite style, but an easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixed sixer from the Wegmans shelf. I like 113 IPA and was happy to find a single to try this. Poured from the can into a pilsner glass. Tall skinny. Nice bright color w tight head. Crisp hoppy aroma. Nice crisp hop flavor with a light malt accent. Easy drinking and refreshing. This is like 85 Prima Pils to me. The can makes it a great choice for fishing, picnics, etc. will pick up a case next summer for sure.

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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light-medium straw with a decent half inch of dense white foam that subsides to a film and ring with decent lacing all the way down the glass

S - appealing pils nose - grainy malt, some sweetness in the middle, grassy/earthy/sweet citrus hops; there is a note of sliced blood orange..?

T - like the nose, this has a nice grainy pale malt profile with gentle bitterness through the palate; hops are green and sweetish with a nice edge; decent length - firming/drying up towards the back and closing with a nice firm bitterness

M - light-medium body; smooth and firm; good CO2 - well integrated into the palate;

O - this is a well-crafted American pilsner - American in the good way, not the other way...

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Photo of rtepiak
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a hard one to do but a would say quite a success... looks a lot of like prima outside of a difference in carbonation. some steady bubbles but nothing too lively. golden clear with a smaller white head. palate is very consistent and dry. doesn't fall off completely clean like a the prima... and i'm saying that because i had them along side each other but still clean brisk end. sufficient hop. americans are getting good at this. and i'm pretty psyched about.

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Photo of Dougal
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what an amazing pilsner... hoppy and flavorful... it has alot of tastes and complexities... it is low on the malt character and higher on the hoppiness and sublime taste characteristics... it is a sharper pilsner and clean as well....

exceptional product.... a hidden gem if we will... not many know of it but if you see it and you like hoppy pilsners you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/28 at Good Night Irene's in Wildwood, NJ
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a one finger of bone white head. Head recedes nicely leaving ample sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grainy, pale malts and a good deal of a grassy hop undertone.

T: Taste is all grain and pale malts at the forefront. Then the grassy earth tones come through. A light citrus note can be picked up in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate to high carbonation, crisp and clean body.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, low kick, nice representation of style. This is a perfect beer for a hot and humid NJ night. If this were distributed to MA, it quite possibly could be my summer go to beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours the expected bright gold color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. Nose is attractive, showcasing considerable bread dough, light honey and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this delicious, easy to drink pils, though I was impressed by the amount of flavor and hoppy bitterness I got in the finish. This beer has a crisp, refreshingly light mouthfeel, but a fairly long, fairly dry, bitter finish.

Just an exceptionally well made local pils.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow with a swirl of microbubbles at the base supporting an antique white head that is creamy and last a good bit.

S- The dry green Noble hop aroma has some floral green qualities to it. Fresh pale malt has almost a honey malt note to it overtakes the hops and leads to a soft cream note in the finish. There is no sign of sulfur at all it is very clean.

T- The dry fresh pale malt finishes with a Noble hop flavor in a dry finish and a soft bitterness lingers with a slight pungent character. There is just a touch of sweetness in the finish as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that is soft in the finish.

O- The crisp fresh malt has a good balance with the hops and it is very drinkable. There is no sulfur notes or corn notes it is all fresh malt and hops.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my pilsner glass.

Crisp, clean, and clear. Golden colored body. The head bubbles up to around 1.5 inches before subsiding slowly and settling at about .5cm of fluffy marshmallow head. Lots of streaming and cascading bubbles in the middle, and they keep on coming. Very nice.

Aromas of bready malty sweetness, grassy hops, and some more earthy noble hops are nicely balanced. Solid aroma. Very appetizing. The flavor profile is very similar, and the balance of this beer really shines. The earthy and grassy hops combine with a mild bitterness that offsets the bready malty sweetness perfectly. While it is not the best hop profile I've had on a German pilsner, it is damn good.

Easy to drink, as it is extremely light and refreshing. A perfect summer beer, the balance of this beer really increases its appeal. Lucky for me, top-notch German pilsners are prevalent in this part of the country, and this is one that I will be returning to, because it is definitely a solid offering from Sly Fox.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes are pilsen (White Labs???) yeast, grassy hops, sanitizer, grass, caramel apples, minty hops, maize, Bud Lite Ice with a litte fruitiness and straw injected into it, wheat, lip gloss, crisp grains, clean tastes and dry tastes. I like this one, oh yea.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice typical pilsner style white head, Pale and clear. Very typical and pleasing to me. Smells of grainy sweet malts, some lager yeast smells that I still can't describe very well. Earthy hops come through in the finish for a nice balance to the malts. Thin bodied, medium high carbing. I'm going to enjoy this one and may more if and when I go back to NY to pick some up. Overall a good beer and very portable. $2.15 a single.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pikeland Pils has a dull, golden-yellow colored body with a good amount of carbonation bubbles moving around. The white head is thin and airy looking, but it manages to leave behind some lacing.

The aroma is big on the hops, very grassy. Just a hint of pale malt.

Hops dominate the flavor also. Lots of grass, bitterness and a bit of lemon. The malt comes through in the finish and provides a bit of grainy, crackery flavor, but the hops definitely dominate.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style, with carbonation that provides a bit of a smooth feel.

I like it, but Pikeland Pils is fairly one-dimensional, relying almost exclusively on grassy hop flavors. I don't necessarily think that it is categorically a bad thing, but I would like a little bit more.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.37/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is much like all the other Pilsners out there. It's got the tradional grassy flavor with a little bit of hops. Could totally use mmore hops no doubt about that. This beer has a fizzy white head and a golden yellow color. The aroma is the best part of the beer. I feel that this beer is much too watered down.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

alright made this purchase with hyping the 53 degrees in cuse today. Very excited to have some of these german pilsners in a can from sly fox

A- a straw yellow, light golden like adjunct lager look that has great foam that quickly disappears. How do I know this is not the aforementioned adjunct look? There is webbing all over the side. A refreshing look, no doubt

S- I smell fresh cut grash with some mild lemon scents. There is a slight earthy scent that mingles with the scent. A good pilsner scent

T- refreshing taste that stresses the earthy flavor while delivering with a dry tasty finish. The hop flavor is definitely present in the taste. Very good

M- a refreshing crisp taste on the mouth

D- great drinkability! Look, this is not prima pils, but this is an awesome pilsner to enjoy when you don't want to mangle your palate. Great flavor that can be gulped

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Photo of pburland23
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sly Fox pub in Royersford.

Pours a light golden straw color with moderate white head but minimal retention. Looks like your average pilsener. Smell was a touch underwhelming. The other aroma I could discern was grassy malts. It smells good, but not inviting.

Taste is of those grass malts plus the sharp dryness of the German and Czech hops. The taste is very fresh, crisp and clean. A very good tasting pilsener.

Mouthfeel was light bodied and amply carbonated. Drinkability is quite high if you're in the mood for a sold pils. With a low abv, you could definitely pack a few of these away on a warm day. A great alternative to the more established light beers in this country.

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Pikeland Pils from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.